Solihull invests to establish its capability to produce PHEV Range Rover and Range Rover Sport
Following on from the companies announcement at this year's Tech Fest that from 2020 all new Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles will be electrified, it is exciting to be able to quickly reinforce this message with the launch of the new Range Rover 18MY. The latest Range Rover and Range Rover Sport will be Jaguar Land Rover’s first plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) and marks a significant step on our road to electrification.
As a sign of the times, Jaguar Land Rover has invested £4m into our UK flagship plant, Solihull, the historic home of Land Rover.
Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (AME) at Solihull have mapped out the investment into plant to ensure we deliver a robust and sustainable transformation to become the factory of the future. Within this investment is our most valuable asset, our people, and as a result we have up-skilled our existing workforce to support this journey. To date we have:
• Trained over 400 people on the PHEV 003 H&S requirements.
• Enabled 50 people to attend a two day external authorised and senior authorised person training.
• Provided 30 operatives with the training of PHEV and Class 1 Driver permits to assist in the build of PHEV
By the time we start MP Build, we would have already built nearly 3,000 PHEV vehicles at Solihull which will be used throughout our global business as engineering, new model testing, motor show and media launch event cars, to showcase our PHEV technology and powertrain refinement.